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9 posts from July 2008

July 29, 2008

Scope Hampton 2008.... We went.. We saw.. Here's what we liked.

SCOPE Hamptons 2008.. Yes...MAO and our many MAO-ettes were the only one there, on Saturday morning!

Most of the art dealers looked totally hungover tired from the big party the night before, but the fair was much better than we had expected. The booths looked great, there were no silly crowds of stupid people blindly buying everything, but sales were most certainly being made. We even saw some red dots!

The art at the fair was a bit uneven at best .. but there were a few MAO standouts..

1. The work of young conceptual artist, Vincent Como.

We first read about this artist on Brian Sherwin's Art Blog.

We just loved, Vincent's sold cube cast of black ink.. plus his many ink drawings.

(photo #1 Vincent Como, 4.5 Cubic in. "Volume of the Inside of My Head", 4.5x4.5x4.5 in, Cast Sumi Ink )

VincentComo at DC gallery... www.meatmarketgallery.com

2. Always a MAO favorite, Chicago gallery Carrie Secrist was at Scope

Of course they had the silly huge swirling glass pool of fluid by artist Petroc Dragon Sesti.

But, also got to meet photographer, Kim Keever. His staged fish tank photos look just like beautiful Hudson School paintings. Amazing!

(Photo #2, Kim Keever, Fallen Tree, 2005, 47 x 71",c-print)  

Kim_Keever_falletree3. We got to meet and liked the work of local hampton's artist Jeff Muhs

 at the McNeill Art Group Jeffmuhs

(Photo #3, Jeff Muhs, things that Steve gave me, Nan's Minks, 2008, cement 11 x 12 x 32")

4. We liked Andrea Cote performance based photos, at PanAmerican Art Projects.

She uses her own hair to paint and perform.Andrea Cote

(Photo # 4, Andrea Cote, self portrait,

Drawing the Body Series, digital-print)

Gerald_forster_Nocturnal11 5. Gerald Forster at a new gallery, hous projects from NYC

These night time photo's will bring out the viewer in you!

(Photo #5, Gerald Forster, Nocturnal #11, 2006, c-print)

6. And lastly,

We just love all the drawings by Michael Bilsborough at the Salomon Contemporary gallery from East Hampton.

Sadly, They only had one Michael Bilsborough drawing at the fair, but we got to see his entire show, "The Eternally Obvious" at their big warehouse space on Michael_bilsborough_drawingSunday afternoon. It is most certianly worth a stop if you're in the Hamptons this summer.

(Photo #6, Michael Bilsborough, "Smiling Through", 2008, ink on paper)

July 24, 2008

Save the Date.. re:FORM Charity Art Auction for the Drug Policy Alliance

re:FORM Art Auction & Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
6:00pm -- 9:00pm
Cheim & Read gallery
547 West 25th St .
New York , NY   10001

Event More  Details here : re:Form event website

Re_form_DPA The Drug Policy Alliance art event in 2005 was an amazing art night... this biennial event..promises to be even bigger and better.

re:FORM is about more than just the art. It's the best opportunity for the New York-area arts community to mix, mingle, be fabulous and support the work of Drug Policy Alliance (DPA)

For those clueless who don't know, the DPA seeks to promote alternatives to the drug war based on science, compassion, health and human rights.  This organization works locally, nationally, and internationally to protect our freedoms and ensure that our drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions of nonviolent people.

Buy your tickets now -- it’s only $150 for a regular ticket and $100 for those aged 35 years and younger. All tickets will include entry to an after party being coordinated by their way cool Young Leadership Committee.

The night will honor Donald Baechler, Dr. Mathilde Krim and Fred Tomaselli.

Donations for the art auction are still coming in... but so far they have work generously donated by these amazing artists : 
Vito Acconci
Jesse Alpern
Josh Azzarella
Donald Baechler
Ross Bleckner
Fanny Bostrom
Kelie Bowman
Julia Chiang
Maxi Cohen
Julia Condon
Annabel Daou
Andy Diaz Hope
Judith Hudson
David Humphrey
Ryan Humphrey
Louise Lawler
Dan McCleary
Adam Ogilvie
Mike Quinn
Sam Reveles
Shelby Ross
Adam Stennett
Fred Tomaselli
Rhonda Tymeson
Lawrence Weiner
Eric White
Xawery Wolski
Rob Wynne

So you can see just from the preliminary list, it's going to be a great art charity auction.

And, FYI, As the event's official blog sponsor.. MAO will be posting several stories featuring some of the art items being put up for auction by these smart thoughtful generous artists.

So stay tuned my Little MAO-ettes..with the who's who of the NYC art world in attendance, this event is going to be one exciting night! So, Put September 3rd in your over booked social calendars now.

July 23, 2008

Last Opportunity to see the Chuck Close curated show at the FLAG Art Foundation

It's the last chance to see these 2 amazing shows at the FLAG Art Foundation. If you've not seen this yet... drop everything and go tomorrow!

Cindy_sherman_flag_foundation The FLAG Foundation is a great new undiscovered gem of the Chelsea Art world. The space is super impressive, and the art incredible..plus the entire Chuck Close "Attention To Detail" show was 100% curated out of the foundation's private collection.

(photo, by Cindy Sherman, Untitled #209, 1989, color coupler print in artist's frame, 58 x 42")

MAO was lucky enough to get to see these shows a few weeks ago..and we can't say enough positive things about them.

Here is their website with just a few of the works in the 2 shows www.FlagArtFoundation.org

Here's some of the press release...

The FLAG Art Foundation invites you to the FINAL public viewing of "Attention to Detail" and "Drawn Together"


Thursday July 24th

from 11am to 2pm.

"Attention to Detail" curated by Chuck Close includes work by 50 different artists from the well known like Robert Gober, Gerhard Richter and Damien Hirst to younger artists like Ken Solomon, Cary Kwok and Tara Donovan.

"Drawn Together," on the 10th floor, features a 30 foot long work by Mark Bradford that has never been seen before in New York and multiple works by Dan Fischer, Ewan Gibbs, Jim Hodges, Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Richard Phillips and Charles Ray.

FLAG is located in the Chelsea Arts Tower at 545 West 25th Street, 9th floor.

Just let them know that MAO sent you.. and they will be sure to roll out the MAO red carpet for our dedicated Modern Art Obsessed readers.

July 22, 2008

A Photography Collector... Auction Secret... iGavel.com

A Photography Collector Auction Secret!!

OK.. My little MAO-ettes..There's a cool new photo auction up on IGAVEL.COM

Actually, We're almost hesitant to even tell people about this one.. cause our greedy self we would rather keep this gem all to ourself!! So if anyone sees MAO bidding.. You all have to promise, DON'T BID against MAO!! THANKS.

Herb_ritts_naomi_campbellSo..It's smaller than Sotheby's, Christies and Phillips but this up and coming photo auction is run by the almost too honest to be a NYC art dealer, a real photo professional, and ex-Sotheby's specialist Daniel Cooney Fine Art <http://www.danielcooneyfineart.com/>

This time Dan's put together a very high quality sale of 68 lots

Auction photo's include work by : Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Herb Ritts, , Edward Steichen, Edward Curtis, Bert Stern, Todd Webb, George Tice, Helen Levitt, Wynn Bullock, Bruce Davidson, Brett Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Greg Gorman, Mona Kuhn, Candida Hofer, and John Dugdale just to name drop a few!

(Photo by Herb Ritts, Naomi Campbell, 1990, 20 x 16, signed, #15/25, Lot 1090553)

Wow!! That's one impressive list!! And many of them will sell for some really low prices.

Some of these lots have sweet low reserve levels, there's even several lots with starting bids of $200! There's also a few lots of hard to find photo books and vintage Aperture magazines... FYI...they are the next hot art collectible!!

So, you have a few (7) days left to go and inspect the lots before bidding.  They are all at a gallery in Chelsea :

Daniel Cooney Fine Art
                  511 West 25th Street
                  New York, NY 10001
                  212 255 8158
[email protected]

Oh.. and FYI.. if you meet Dan.. Please tell him Mike at MAO sent you.. I hear he gives all the smart MAO readers a special auction discount catalog!!

July 17, 2008

SCOPE Hamptons July 24-27, 2008... is anyone going?

SCOPE Hamptons July 24 - 27, 2008...

So what are the 2 biggest sports of the rich and fabulous out in the Hamptons...? Real Estate, and ART...

With stories around talking about how Hamptons Real Estate is falling like a stone... here's a sad story..

Download Hamptons_Real_Estate_08.rtf

Jill_greenberg_earth Who's going to go to SCOPE Hampton this year?

 Are the NYC rich over art faired?

(Photo by Jill Greenberg, Earth, 2005, archival pigment print)

Sadly... MAO was just looking through the SCOPE Hamptons Gallery Exhibitors list..

and it's not exactly the who's who of the contemporary art world...


July 09, 2008

David Wojnarowicz show at P.P.O.W. Gallery

History Keeps Me Awake at Night, A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz July 10th - August 2nd.

Sadly.. we're going to miss this opening.. but If you're in NYC on July 10th.. it's bound to be the best gallery group show of the summer season.

It's amazing to see which artists have all responded to David's work...

David_wojnarowicz_self_portrait The show includes... Wolfgang Tillmans, Zoe Strauss, Carrie Mae Weems, Michael Bilsborough, Ryan McGinley, and Mike Estabrook just to name a few contemporary greats!

Congrats to the super nice people at P.P.O.W. on a great show, and for keeping the memory of David Wojnarowicz alive!

Here's a part of the press release...

(photo, David Wojnarowicz in collaboration with Tom Warren
Portrait/Self Portrait of David Wojnarowicz
, 1983-85, mixed media, 60 x 40")

This show presents the work of a select group of contemporary artists that have been the beneficiaries of David Wojnarowicz’s art, writings, and voice.  Although it has been sixteen years since his death in 1992, the potency of David’s work and message still reverberates and affects those who come into contact with it.  None of these artists knew David Wojnarowicz personally but they all have work that is directly connected to him.  The work of these artists is uniquely theirs, but all of them are bound by the influence David has had on them, each in their own specific way. This is not a memorial, this is not a re-iteration or duplication, this is an exhibition that brings artists from different countries, backgrounds and aesthetics to a single space to show how the work and life of David Wojnarowicz continues to inform artists today.

On July 17th at 6-9pm.. there will also be a night of Film Screening and Readings by Zachary German, Amy King, Sara Marcus and Maz Steele.

July 05, 2008

July 4th... is such a drag!!!

Pines Invasion Full Bloom OK... Happy Holiday everyone!

The 4th of July means.. time for the Fire Island Pines Harbor Invasion Party.

Since our last post provoked such an avalanche of nasty comments..

We thought it best to keep it absolutely fabulous tragic lite today.

Here's  just a few photo's by my girl friend

Python from this years 2008 Fire Island Pines Invasion!

Boyz who would be Boyz BigGIRLS.. So LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Photo #1 - Miss Full Bloom....

Last year we missed her coming out.. but in 2006 he she was Miss Poison Ivy..

You say clematis..

MAO says clitoris captivating!

Just don't let her anywhere near your garden!

Pines Invasion Betsy Ross Photo #2 - In honor of the death of Jesse Helms..

MAO presents.. Miss Betsy Ross in all her glory..


If nothing else..she's got patriotic spirit.. !!

Pines Invasion Dorothy Photo #3 - There's no place like home..!!

We present Dorthy and Big Gay Al...

The All Seeing, all knowing MAO says....  This boy girl..

has been somewhere over the rainbow and back again...or more like her face has seen 100 miles of bad yellow brick road!!

Well..at least...

It's nice to see children getting exposed enlightened to the wonders of drag at an early age.

Pines Invasion Sunshines Photo #4 - The Sunshine Girls!

This was their finest hour ! One might say they gave new meaning to the term Old-Yella!

Art photography at it's worst best...

well..not exactly their golden hour..

Never before in the course of human events..has so much been owed by so many to so few ! Yikes!

Pines Invasion Dr Quiz Photo # 5 -  Tragic... Just Tragic!

Her mother must be so proud.

Happy July 4th.

July 03, 2008

Something to get excited about, Guggenheim's Catherine Opie Mid-Career Survey

Guggenheim's Catherine Opie Mid-Career Survey show to open in the fall!

We at MAO are very excited to see a major NYC museum FINALLY doing something risque a large scale cutting edge contemporary photography show. We just love love love Catherine Opie and her brilliant photography!!

This show also marks one of the first major museum shows by a living OUT female artist to ever be exhibited in NYC. It's about time!! Congrats Catherine!!

Catherine_Opie_Self_Portrait As they say... one picture is worth a thousand words... Well...here's 2,000 at least !!

(Photo #1 by Catherine Opie, Self Portrait / Nursing, 2004, C-Print, edition of 8, 40 x 32 inches)

(Photo #2, by Catherine Opie; Self Portrait/Cutting, 1993; Chromogenic color print; 39 5/8 x 29 15/16 in.)

Here are all the details...We can't wait!!! 

Catherine Opie: American Photographer
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
On View: September 26, 2008 – January 7, 2009
Media Preview: September 25, 10AM - 12PM

Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a complex body of photographic work, adopting such diverse genres as studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography to explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of queer subcultures to her expansive urban landscapes, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms by which they are defined. All the while she has maintained a strict formal rigor, working in stark and provocative color as well as richly toned black and white. Influenced by social documentary photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and August Sander, Opie underscores and elevates the poignant yet unsettling veracity of her subjects.

Catherine_Opie_self_portrait_cutting Catherine Opie: American Photographeris organized by Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography; with Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator.

This exhibition is supported by The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.

The Guggenheim Museum gratefully acknowledges the Leadership Committee for Catherine Opie: American Photographer.

The exhibition will gather together significant examples from several of Opie’s most important series in a major mid-career survey. Though Opie’s photographs have been shown extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan—including one-person exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Artpace, San Antonio; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California; St. Louis Art Museum; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Photographers’ Gallery, London—no single exhibition has yet offered an overview of her richly diverse artistic projects. Catherine Opie: American Photographer will serve to fill this void.

Opie first came to prominence with her Portraitsseries (1993–97), which celebrates the queer community in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including practitioners of drag, transgendered people, and performance artists. Set against brilliantly colored backgrounds, these figures confront the viewer with intense gazes, asserting their individuality and destabilizing conventional notions of gender. Opie describes these sitters, all of whom she knew personally, as her “royal family”; by adopting a style inspired by portraitists like the 16th-century German painter Hans Holbein, she offers an affirmative and even tender portrayal of a subculture often rendered invisible by dominant cultural norms.

Concurrently with the Portraits, in the mid-1990s Opie began to photograph urban landscapes throughout Los Angeles. Her first city series, Freeways (1994–95), pictures the city’s highways devoid of human presence, their sweeping slabs of concrete set against the sky. Nearly abstract and printed on an intimate scale, these photographs are nonetheless analogous to Opie’s portraits in their majesty. As documents of a primary aspect of daily travel in Los Angeles, the Freeways suggest that the strategies and structures intended to connect people can in fact divide them.

The Houses series (1995) continued Opie’s urban exploration through crisp, frontal views of Beverly Hills and Bel Air mansions that, like the Freeways, appear devoid of human presence. Yet each pristine façade retains as distinct a character as each of the friends Opie portrays—these houses structure and signify the community within which their occupants exist. Symbols of the archetypal “American Dream,” they are nonetheless armed with complex security systems, massive doors, and ornate gates, marking an entirely separate community, one closed off to the artist, the viewer, and the rest of the surrounding city.

Opie’s interests in portraiture and domestic architecture continued to develop, and began to merge, in her series Domestic(1995-98). Produced during a three-month trip across the country, these large-scale, color photographs document lesbian families engaged in everyday household activities, in settings varying from city apartments to country homes. Repositioning these unconventional families within the iconography of the classic American home, Opie envisions a more inclusive, complex image of the contemporary family. More recently, Opie has turned to her own domestic life in the series In and Around Home(2004–05), in which she photographs her own family and friends amidst the diverse cultural setting of her Los Angeles neighborhood.

Following the Freeways, Opie has continued to investigate the ways communities form and display themselves within urban settings, in an extended series of panoramic black-and-white photographs called American Cities(1997–present). Exploring the urban environments of Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others, Opie reveals the variety of communities that exist within each city. For example, the Mini-Malls, the group of photographs that initiated American Cities, focuses insistently on the billboards, signs, and architectural elements that identify various ethnic and cultural groups in each eponymous setting. Characteristically, all the series’ photographs are emptied of human presence. With their romantic purity, each of the American Cities becomes an iconic, ideal platform for potential community interaction.

Ever seeking to diversify her artistic work, Opie has also turned away from the city, looking toward nature and the itinerant communities that exist upon it. In Icehouses(2001), she turns to the brightly painted structures built by ice fishers on frozen lakes in Minnesota. Viewed from afar, surrounded by an infinite vista of misty snow and atmosphere, the patchy assemblage of icehouses seems diminutive and immaterial. Similarly, the subjects of Surfers(2003) are virtually engulfed in the vast and gloomy shoreline of Malibu, where they watch and wait to be swept up by oncoming waves. Picturing their changing positions over the course of fourteen photographs, Opie presents a rich visual metaphor for the shifting and contingent nature of community itself, as it exists in any environment.

Catherine Opie: American Photographerwill be accompanied by a major publication, the first to gather all of Opie’s various projects in one volume. Each of the artist’s series will be reproduced in full color plates made under the artist’s supervision, including works beyond those displayed in the exhibition, in order to give the most complete overview of Opie’s work ever available. The catalogue will feature a lead essay by Jennifer Blessing, the Guggenheim’s Curator of Photography, which will survey Opie’s artistic career and its historical contexts, as well as a series of interviews with the artist by Russell Ferguson.

In addition, the museum has commissioned a brief personal reflection by internationally renowned novelist Dorothy Allison, whose work explores concerns similar to Opie’s. Finally, the catalogue will also include introductory essays on each of the artist's series by Nat Trotman, Assistant Curator at the Guggenheim, as well as a newly researched, exhaustive exhibition history and bibliography. Together, the exhibition and catalogue will prove to be the primary source for an understanding of Opie’s work, providing audiences with a valuable opportunity to examine firsthand the interconnections between the artists’ various styles and subjects.

July 02, 2008

Photograph Magazine.. takes notice of Photography Blogs

Photograph Magazine.. takes notice of Photography Blogs. It's about time!!

Photograph_Magazine_July_Aug_08 If you have not yet picked up your deadwood media copy of the July/August 2008 Photograph Magazine...run out and get it NOW!

FYI...For those who've never seen this small but cool magazine.. It's the holy bible for the totally art photography obsessed collectors.

This month, on page 6 "Eye on the Scene", writer Peggy Roalf gives a nice report on the most influential  photography blogs.

And, Yes... my little MAO-ettes... of course MAO is there... along with some of our long time favorite bloggers... Lisa Hunter, James Danziger, Jen Bekman, Zoe Strauss... and more... Congrats to everyone!

Or. If you're too cheap to buy the 5 dollar magazine... you can read the story here online... Eye On The Scene.July/August 2008.

(Photo, Photograph Magazine July/Aug 08 cover, Top by Ernest C. Withers, First Desegregated Bus Ride, Montgomery, Alabama, 1956

Middle by Bob Adelman, Box in Frank Robinson’s CORE Voter Registration Office, Sumter, South Carolina, 1962 

Bottom image by Dennis Brack, Garbagemen’s Parade, Memphis, Tennessee, 1968, all three photographs from the collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA )

A big MAO Thanks go out to Peggy Roalf, and Dan Cooney. You guys ROCK!!